NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 1 Episode 10

Brimstone

5
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 15, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team must put their holiday decorations on hold to investigate a Marine's death by his cell phone blowing up. They begin to realize that they need to locate his former unit to protect them from further explosions.

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  • Who is the wild eyed murdering liar? The Bible quoting Christian or the Muslim marine who is in hiding and refuses to go home to his wife and child? No contest really-In Hollywood-land it's the Christian every time. Remember Ford Hood?moreless

    2.0
    Poor story-line which appears to be part of a Hollywood Christmas jihad exposing viewers to bigoted murdering, Bible quoting lying Christian and contrasting them with, kind,respectful Muslim servicemen - just like at Fort Hood? Subtle as a sledgehammer and it was obviously not a coincidence that NCIS also had a killer Christian murdering his Muslim brotherin an an honor killing no less!-even though there has never been a recorded case of a 'Christian honor killing' anywhere in the world.

    These 'Christmas' story-lines were completely PC,unrealistic and reflect badly on the politics of the writers, producers and directors of this garbage. I hope the ratings tank!moreless
  • Average.

    6.5
    After following the faster-paced, zipper, quirkier and funnier NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles brought a solid effort tonight, but it really just failed in comparison to its parent show. The episodes were too similar, and NCIS is obviously going to put out the better installment overall when they do that. Both episodes dealt with Christianity and Islam and that just caused things to run a bit together.



    In short, this episode really went nowhere. It featured a fairly uneventful final stare down, and the actual whodunnit? I couldn't care less about that.



    NCIS: Los Angeles is really in a funk right now and I hope they can turn things around and make this show watchable.moreless
  • Puzzling - at best

    6.0
    The show is spiralling down each and every week. Is it because of the setting? Is it because of the acting? No - it is because of the poor writing. The guys providing the scripts need to be hanged, quartered and then burned on a stake.



    Who comes up with a sub-plot for Kinsey that leaves her in a crisis after literally 3 minutes "undercover"?

    Who comes up with episode-fillings of bow-tie knots and tea-brands?

    Who comes up with the idea that the police forces believe in what suspects say without double-checking it?

    Who came up with the idea of putting a well-known and well-received brand on their showname with NCIS and then renaming the ship "Titanic" driving blindly to the nort-pole?



    High-tech equipment and fancy settings cannot recover a show that is poorly-written.moreless
  • Nothing special about this episode, after the last two were just sensational.

    8.0
    This was an average and somewhat mediocre episode of NCISLA, and I didn't find myself enjoying much of the episode. The storyline did have its pros, but ona whole, it wasn't the best, and ti lacked that special flare that the last two episodes had.



    I did enjoy a couple aof scenes in this episodes, but generally it wasn't interesting. The ending was sweet, but sadly, the case did not particularly have an impressive ending.



    I did, however, love the scene where Hanna and King undetonated the bomb. That was quite good and quite easily the best scene of the episode.



    A decent episode, for me, but nothing special. I hope the show reverts back to its form from the last two epsodes.moreless
  • The NCIS: LA team must mobilize when a group of Iraqi war veterans from a bomb detonation squad seem to be the target of a hate crime.

    8.5
    Unfortunately once again like this weeks NCIS show the issue of this episode is not about one religion versus another. It is about decisions made by individuals for the wrong reasons. To paint it any other way is to make things black and white instead of gray as they really are. I'm not sure which if either episode did a better job with this subject. I do know it it is a rather touchy subject at this point and pretty black and white to too many people.



    This episode was a little more complex in its issues than NCIS was. We see a group of soldiers returning from Iraq after some horrific experiences that any one person would be scarred for life to have lived through. I think this story was more about what results we can see from these experiences than anything having to do with a point of view.



    The episode itself deals with a lot of the agents personal issues as well especially the women and with the dangerous job they have to do day in and day out. It is well acted, but a little disjointed at times. Having family who are veterans it is a major problem to keep everything bottled up inside and I think that was one message we can hopefully all agree on that our veterans need all the support they can get when they return from their active duty.



    A very tough subject that I feel probably was ill timed. One has to wonder if this was produced before recent events unfolded? Maybe they can stick to other less volatile subjects for a while and keep the entertainment value high. Thanks for reading...moreless
LL Cool J

LL Cool J

NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna

Peter Cambor

Peter Cambor

Operational Psychologist Nate Getz

Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah

NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye

Adam Jamal Craig

Adam Jamal Craig

NCIS Special Agent Dominic Vail

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt

Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange

Chris O'Donnell

Chris O'Donnell

NCIS Special Agent G. Callen

Rich McDonald

Rich McDonald

Stanton Olin

Guest Star

John Siciliano

John Siciliano

Hastings King

Guest Star

Assaf Cohen

Assaf Cohen

Tariq Barad Al-jabiri

Guest Star

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa

Tech Operator Eric Beal

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: After the second bomb is discovered, the agents don't extend the investigation and secure the crime scene, interrogate the witness, or secure the bomb. It's simply carried by the agents back to their office without special protective casing, and not even submitted to a lab.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Nate walks in wearing a suit and tie)
      Sam: Oh. Mr. GQ, what's up with the big boy clothes?
      Callen: Huh, what, has somebody got a big date?
      Nate: No.
      Sam: Mommy in town for the holidays?
      Nate: No, thank goodness.
      Callen: Job interview?
      Sam: You're leaving us?
      Kensi: Uh, who, who's leaving us?
      Callen: Nate's got a job interview.
      Kensi: Where?
      Nate: Nowhere, I don't have a job interview. I just thought I would dress up today.
      Callen: Uh-huh, you backed into Hetty's Jag.
      Sam: Again.
      Nate: NO! And don't even kid about that.

    • Kensi: God, I love men in suits.
      Sam: And uniforms.
      Callen: And costumes.
      Kensi: When did I date anybody who wore a costume?
      Sam: What about the pirate guy?
      Callen: Didn't he make you wear a milkmaid outfit?
      Kensi: That was for a Renaissance fair and I was a wench.
      Callen: So much better.

    • (Nate approaches Sam who is working on a bomb at his desk)
      Nate: Wow, um... Shouldn't you be working on that somewhere a little more secure?
      Sam: Like where?
      Nate: Uh, I don't know a room with armor-plated walls comes to mind.
      Sam: Light's good in here.
      Nate: I will buy you a lamp.
      Sam: King said it was defused. He seemed to know what he was doing.
      Nate: The million dollar question is do you know what you're doing?

    • Callen: (About his tie) Full Windsor?
      Nate: Really? Again with the tie?
      Callen: I had you pegged more as a half Windsor kinda of guy.
      Nate: Is that supposed to have some sort of meaning?
      Callen: You're the Psychologist.

    • (Hetty gives Nate a new tie after he spilled something on his tie)
      Nate: You think I could pull off a bow tie?
      Hetty: Not without a red rubber nose and those big floppy shoes.

    • Hetty: (to Nate) You know in my experience if you're patient, sooner or later, the people who need to talk will seek you out; often under the guise of some other intention. You just have to listen.

    • (Callen, Sam and Kensi return after completing their mission)
      Kensi: Looks like Hetty is still here.
      Sam: She worries.
      Callen: Not like she'd ever let us know.
      Hetty: I had some paperwork that needed to be completed before tomorrow, Mr. Callen; some of us take our paperwork seriously.

    • (Hetty is sharing how she came about the bottle of scotch they are drinking)
      Hetty: That's what Oliver Reed thought when he tried to make me his special musketeer one night. But he kept his sword in his scabbard and I kept the scotch.
      Kensi: (Laughs) Looks like you also started without us Hetty.

    • (To find Tariq, Kensi goes undercover as a customer at King's repair shop.)
      King: You lying bitch. You set me up.
      Kensi: I'm NCIS. But my father was a Marine.
      King: Oh, yeah? How does he feel about his daughter growing up to be a professional liar?

    • Hetty: What did you do to your tie?
      Nate: Oh, I, uh, spilled something on it.
      Hetty: Ah.
      Nate: Yeah. Should I get it dry cleaned?
      Hetty: Well, that's an option.
      Nate: Soda water?
      Hetty: Well, I'd recommend donation or incineration, not in that order.
      Nate: You don't like this tie, it was a gift.
      Hetty: Obviously not from a loved one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Date:
      Norway: February 8, 2010 on TV3
      Sweden: February 16, 2010 on TV3
      United Kingdom: March 15, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Germany: September 11, 2010 on SAT 1
      Finland: October 20, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 14, 2011 on AXN
      Slovakia: August 11, 2011 on Markiza

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